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Escape from Furnace #01: Lockdown: Escape from Furnace

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NO WAY OUT

If I stopped running I was dead.

My lungs were on fire, my heart pumping acid, every muscle in my body threatening to cramp. I couldnt even see where I was going anymore, my vision fading as my body prepared to give in. If the siren hadnt been hammering at my eardrums, then Id have been able to hear my breaths, ragged and desperate, unable to pull in enough air to keep me going.

Just one more flight of stairs, one more and I might make it.

I forced myself to run faster, the metal staircase rattling

beneath my clumsy steps. Everywhere around me other kids were panicking, all bolting the same way, to safety. I didnt look back to see what was behind us. I didnt need to. I could picture it in my head, its demonic muzzle, silver eyes, and those teeth—like razor wire.

Someone grabbed my arm, pulling me back. I lost my balance, spilling over the railing. For a second the yard appeared five stories beneath me and I almost let myself go. Better this way than to be devoured, right? Then the beast shrieked through its wet throat and I started running again before I even knew I was doing it. I heard the rattle of the cell doors, knew they were closing. If I was caught out here, then I was history. I leaped up the last few steps, hurtling down the narrow landing. The inmates jeered from their cells, shouting for me to die. They stuck out their arms and legs to trip me, and it almost worked. I staggered, lurched forward, falling.

Somehow I made it, swinging through the door an instant before it slammed shut, the mechanism locking tight. The creature howled, a banshees wail that made my skin crawl. I risked looking back through the bars, saw its huge bulk bounding past my cell, no skin to hide its grotesque muscles. There was a scream as it found another victim, but it didnt matter. I was safe.

For now.

“That was close,” said a voice behind me. “Youre getting good at this.”

I didnt answer, just stared out across the prison. Six stories of cells beneath me and God only knew how many more above my head, all buried deep underground. I felt like the weight of the world was pressing down on me, like Id been buried alive, and the panic began to set in. I closed my eyes, sucking in as much of the hot, stale air as I could, trying to picture the outside world, the sun, the ocean, my family.

All things I would never see again.

“Yup,” came the voice, my cellmate. “Bet its starting to feel like home already.”

I opened my eyes and the prison was still there. Furnace Penitentiary. The place they send you to forget about you, to punish you for your crimes, even when you didnt commit them. Only one way in and no way out. Yeah, this was my home now, it would be until I died.

That wouldnt be long. Not with the gangs that eyeballed me from behind their bars. Not with the blacksuits, the guards who ran their shotguns along the railings as they checked the cells. Not with those creatures, raw fury in their eyes and blood on their breath.

And there were worse things in Furnace, much worse. Maybe tonight the blood watch would come, drag me from my cell. Maybe tonight theyd turn me into a monster.

I dropped to my knees, cradling my head in my hands. There had to be a way out of here, a way to escape. I tried to find one in the hurricane of my thoughts, tried to come up with a plan. But all I could think about was how I came to be here, how I went from being a normal kid to an inmate in the worst hellhole on Earth.

How I ended up in Furnace.

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DrHessher, December 12, 2012 (view all comments by DrHessher)
great book to get lost in. grabbed my attention right from the start. found myself reading it for hours on end. it keeps you guessing, you never know what is going to happen next. it is not what expected it to be. great thriller for young teens to get involved in. this story takes place in an underground prison. the young boy was framed for killing his best friend, and now he must spend the rest of his life in the underground prison called Furnace.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312611934
Author:
Smith, Alexander Gordon
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Law & Crime
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Subject:
Boys
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series:
Escape from Furnace
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
12-17

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"Synopsis" by , Furnace Penitentiary: the world's most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth's surface. Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, Alex Sawyer must find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars.
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